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Bringing Health Care to Retail Centers

With hospital stays becoming more expensive, the federal government reducing the services it will reimburse, hospitals nationwide consolidating and fewer people traveling long distances for care, the physical spaces needed to deliver health care are changing rapidly.

For the construction industry, this means builders and developers have the opportunity to repurpose former hospital structures and develop ambulatory care centers, outpatient centers and medical malls. This trend can be seen across the country, and it shows no signs of abating.

Rethinking Health Care Construction

Outpatient and walk-in urgent care facilities are far less costly for organizations to construct than larger medical buildings and hospitals; therefore, these facilities are popping up in retail spaces and are most likely on short-term leases that do not require a large commitment from the organization. The increase in the number of outpatient facilities also reverts back to patient satisfaction: Patients are more comfortable seeing their doctors at an outpatient facility. 

Beyond Gaming: Virtual Reality Benefits Construction

VR in computer modeling has transformed early design meetings to allow users to “experience” the built environment before actually building the space. Clients can easily visualize their room or building and gain confidence in the project’s design. This accelerates both the speed and quality of decisions, reduces design times and eliminates changes during construction. When this kind of progress is made early on in the design phase, owners realize significant cost savings.

Remodeling Modern Medicine

Fast forward to 2016 and contractors are regaining confidence in the market. This year’s Dodge Construction Outlook forecasts 1 percent growth in square footage and a 4 percent increase in the dollar value of activity, while Associated Builders and Contractors predicts an 8 percent increase in spending compared to 2015. Health care construction may be picking back up, but—like many other markets—the industry operates a little bit differently than it did before.

The Driving Forces Behind Health Care Construction

By understanding the driving forces behind health care construction trends—and proving their commitment to health care through certification and certificate programs—construction professionals can help health care organizations reach their goals and ultimately provide safe, healing environments for patients. 

Get Ready to ‘Pay or Play’

Important ACA implementation and enforcement deadlines are approaching, such as the employer mandate (“pay or play”) and the information reporting provisions. It is critical that employers take action in order to be compliant.

Energy-Efficient Institutional Construction With SIPs

In addition to sealing air in the building, structural insulated panels (SIPs) provide continuous insulation across the panels’ height, width and depth for exceptional thermal performance. Building professionals also rely on the panels for faster construction.

Easing Change in the Health Care Industry With Third-Party Project Management

With the changes enacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), budgets are tighter than ever and health care facilities must handle new technological demands and an expanding patient population. In this new paradigm, it’s not just a low bid that wins business for health care contractors. It’s the promise that their services will save money while adding value.

Take a Strategic Approach To PPACA Compliance

While much about the PPACA implementation remains uncertain, employers cannot afford to ignore it. Businesses seeking to mitigate potential liability under the PPACA—now and in the future—need to take a strategic and comprehensive approach to complying with the law.

Managing Environmental Exposures on Health Care Projects

To mitigate environmental exposures, contractors should consider taking a program-based approach, including risk transfer through a comprehensive contractor pollution liability policy that provides coverage for a wide variety of exposures and includes remediation costs.

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